71st Congress, 2d Session

House Document No. 140

 

PILGRIMAGE

FOR THE

MOTHERS AND WIDOWS

OF SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AND MARINES OF THE AMERICAN

FORCES NOW INTERRED IN THE CEMETERIES OF EUROPE

AS PROVIDED BY THE ACT OF CONGRESS OF MARCH 2, 1929

 

LETTER FROM THE ACTING SECRETARY OF WAR, TRANSMITTING TO CONGRESS

A REPORT OF THE NUMBER OF MOTHERS AND WIDOWS OF THE DECEASED

SOLDIERS, SAILORS, AND MARINES OF THE AMERICAN FORCES NOW

INTERRED IN THE CEMETERIES OF EUROPE WHO DESIRE

TO MAKE THE PILGRIMAGE TO THESE CEMETERIES

DURING THE YEAR 1930 OR LATER, A LIST OF

THEIR NAMES AND ADDRESSES,

AND THE PROBABLY COST

 

UNITED STATES

GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

WASHINGTON: 1930

 

 

NOTE

This list contains the names and addresses of those mothers and widows who are entitled to make the pilgrimage as shown by the records of the War Department on November 15, 1929.

 

The column headed "1930" shows those who have definitely stated that they desire to make the pilgrimage in the calendar year 1930. In the column headed "Later," "Yes" indicates those who have expressed the desire to make the pilgrimage in the calendar years 1931, 1932, or 1933, as well as those who have expressed a desire to make the pilgrimage but have not specified the year; "No" indicates those who have stated they do not care to make the pilgrimage; and (1) "Unknown" indicates those who, although eligible, have not stated whether they desire to make the pilgrimage or not.

 

[This should not be considered an exhaustive list. This To save space in this transcription, the "Later" column was deleted and only a 1930 column was included. Y denotes Yes, Y-L indicates those who wish to make the pilgrimage after 1930 and N denotes No.]

 

COLUMNS INCLUDED
NAME

ST - State abbreviation

COUNTY

ADDRESS

REL - Relationship to Casualty - M-Mother; SM-Step-mother; W-Widow

CASUALTY

RANK

ORG - Organization

CEM - Cemetery [See American Battle Monuments site www.abmc.gov]

            AM - Aisne-Marne, France

            BW - Brookwoodm, England

            MA - Meuse-Argonne

            OA - Oise-Ainse, France

            SM - St. Mihiel, France

            SO - Somme, France

            SU - Suresnes, France

PIL 1930? - Whether desired pilgrimage in 1930 - Y-Yes; Y-L-Yes, later; N-No; U-Unknown

GR - Group in which the mother traveled - There is currently little information available on the internet to indicate in which group each of the Texas mothers traveled to Europe. Ten are known as a result of research on the pilgrimage of Mrs. Carrie Kelly, Palacios, Matagorda County, Texas and are indicated with "M" which was the letter of their group. There is an X in the GR column for Mrs. Rosa Lee Walker, Cedar Lane, Matagorda County, Texas because she first accepted the invitation to make the trip, but later changed her mind.

 

KEY TO ABBREVIATIONS IN RANK COLUMN

1LT - First Lieutenant

2LT - Second Lieutenant

Ch. M. M. - Chief Machinist's Mate

CPL - Corporal

H.A. 1cl - Hospital Apprentice, First Class

M. Engr - Master Engineer

MAJ - Major

Mech - Mechanic

Musn - Musician

P1C - Private, First Class

PVT - Private

S2C - Seaman, Second Class

SGT - Sergeant

SGT MAJ - Sergeant major

 

For Further Information

 

American Battle Monuments Commission - http://www.abmc.gov

World War I Gold Star Mothers Pilgrimages, Parts I & II By Constance Potter - http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/1999/summer/gold-star-mothers-1.html

Gold Star Mother Pilgrimage of Mrs. Carrie Kelly of Palacios, Matagorda County, Texas http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txmatago/gsm_kelly_pil_intro.htm